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Is merit (gender) biased? Advancement in academia

Public panel discussion

Feb 15
14:00 - 16:00
Irchel Campus
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich
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Gender Symbol
Gender Symbol (Image: Katemangostar, Freepik.com)

How do (gender) biases influence the evaluation and selection of scientists? How (gender) biases can be addressed and how their influence on selection processes can be reduced? Short talks will be followed by a panel discussion.

As part of the LS2 Annual Meeting 2019 of Life Sciences Switzerland this session would like to explore how gender biases influence the evaluation of merit and thereby the outcome of selection processes in academia and elsewhere and how these can be addressed. Gerlind Wallon will summarise the current status of the representation of women in academia. Marieke van den Brink will report on her studies that reveal how recruitment in academia is influenced by (gender) biases. Britt Dahmen will present how the cascading model, a quota system required by law, is implemented at Cologne University. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

Gerlind Wallon, Deputy Director and Program Manager, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

Britt Dahmen, Head of Department for Gender Equality and Diversity, University of Cologne
Marieke van den Brink, Radboud Gender and Diversity Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen

Please register for the panel until 05 January 2019 with an e-mail to info@ls2.ch. Attendance to the panel only is free. Full LS2 Annual Meeting 2019 attendance requires registration until 21 December 21 2018 via www.annual-meeting.ls2.ch/registration.


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